TIPS ON FUELING YOUR CAR Price of petrol This will save you money!
Get your money’s worth <ul><li>I don't know what you guys are paying for petrol..... but here in Durban we are also paying high prices, up to R 8.50 per litre. </li></ul><ul><li>My line of work is in petroleum and has been for about 31 years now. </li></ul><ul><li>So here are some tricks to get more of your money's worth for every litre. </li></ul>
Trade secret <ul><li>Here at Marian Hill Pipeline where I work in Durban, we deliver about 4 million litres in a 24 hour period thru the pipeline. </li></ul><ul><li>One day is diesel, the next day is jet fuel, and petrol, LPR and Unleaded. </li></ul><ul><li>We have 34 storage tanks here with a total capacity of 16,800,000 litres. </li></ul>
When to buy fuel? <ul><li>Only buy or fill up your car in the early morning when the ground temperature is still cold. </li></ul><ul><li>Remember that all Service Stations have their storage tanks buried beneath the ground. The colder the ground the more dense the fuel. </li></ul>
Never buy fuel at night <ul><li>When it gets warmer petrol expands, so buying in the afternoon or evening ..... your litre is not exactly a litre. </li></ul><ul><li>In the petroleum business, the specific gravity and the temperature of the petrol, diesel, jet fuel, ethanol and other petroleum products play an important role. </li></ul><ul><li>A one degree rise in temperature is a big deal in this business but the Service Stations do not have temperature compensation at the pumps. </li></ul>
Squeeze that trigger slow <ul><li>When you are filling up do not squeeze the trigger of the nozzle to a fast mode. </li></ul><ul><li>If you look you will see that the trigger has three (3) stages; low, middle and high. </li></ul><ul><li>In slow mode you should be pumping on low speed, thereby minimising the vapours that are created while you are pumping. All hoses at the pump have a vapour return. </li></ul>
Pump it slow <ul><li>If you are pumping on the fast rate, some of the liquid that goes into your tank becomes vapour. </li></ul><ul><li>Those vapours are being sucked up and back into the underground storage tank so you're getting less worth for your money. </li></ul>
Do I fill on an empty tank? <ul><li>One of the most important tips is to fill up when your tank is HALF FULL . </li></ul><ul><li>The reason for this is, the more fuel you have in you tank, the less air occupying its empty space. </li></ul><ul><li>Petrol evaporates faster than you can imagine. </li></ul>
Fuel delivery? <ul><li>If there is a fuel truck pumping into storage tanks when you stop to buy, DO NOT FILL UP . </li></ul><ul><li>Most likely the petrol/diesel is being stirred up as the fuel is being delivered and you might pick up some dirt that normally settles on the bottom. </li></ul>
Fill up every Half Tank <ul><li>Petroleum storage tanks have an internal floating roof. This roof serves as zero clearance between petrol and the atmosphere, so it minimises the evaporation. </li></ul><ul><li>Unlike Service Stations, here where I work, every truck that we load is temperature compensated so that every litre is actually the exact amount. </li></ul>
Get the most value for your money <ul><li>Remember to always fill your car when the tank shows " half full '. </li></ul><ul><li>Always fill up in the early morning . </li></ul><ul><li>Always fill up in slow mode . </li></ul>
A true testimonial <ul><li>This actually works. </li></ul><ul><li>I tried early Saturday morning before I came to work. $30.00 from 1/2 tank filled up my car. </li></ul><ul><li>Usually it is $55.00. </li></ul><ul><li>Amazing. </li></ul>Olwen Baldwin: July 2008
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